Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea: Simple prose and easy humor belie a substantial story with a political edge.
Bird Eating Bird by Kristin Naca: Expands and embraces the possibilities of language.
B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras: Sexy, laugh-out-loud chronicle of a big girl who learns to love her curves.
Short Story Collection
How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capo Crucet: A smart and smart-mouthed writer to watch.
G.I Bones by Martin Limon: An historical page-turner with a keen eye and ear for detail.
Havana and Other Missing Fathers by Mia Leonin: Absorbing and beautiful account of the author's search for truth and love.
Parents Who Cheat by Ana Nogales: Think your parent's infidelity didn't affect you? Think again.
Simply Mexican by Lourdes Castro: Even a novice can quickly master these refreshingly well-written recipes.
Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana: The ultra-fabacious story of a clever girl and confusing boys.
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez: Warm, heartbreaking tale of a motherless girl and her absent-minded father.